Division Gets Pushback, Support For Draft QME Regulations

Draft regulations to boost the training and educational requirements for qualified medical evaluators (QMEs), including anti-bias training that the Division of Workers’ Compensation agreed to require of QMEs two years ago, generated significant feedback from employers and providers alike. The Division is reviewing 20-some pages of comments in preparation for starting the formal rulemaking process. … Read More »

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Proposed Med-Legal Fees Still Controversial

The Division of Workers’ Compensation’s latest proposal for updating California’s med-legal fee schedule (MLFS) is continuing to generate controversy and pushback from the workers’ comp community. The Division’s initial proposal in 2018 generated over 500 pages of mostly negative comments from the state’s qualified medical evaluator (QME) community and now, two years later, its latest … Read More »

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QMEs, Division In Telemedicine Dispute

The group of qualified medical evaluators (QMEs) pressing the Division of Workers’ Compensation to authorize remote med-legal evaluations were less than impressed with the Department’s non-committal response to the request. The Division says it is encouraging “creative delivery methods” during the current state of emergency but is “not authorizing any particular course of action.” “It’s … Read More »

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Is DWC Slow Walking The Med-Legal Fee Update?

Qualified medical evaluators (QMEs) haven’t seen an increase in fees in 13 years, and the examiners say their numbers are shrinking to record lows as a result. Complaints that the Division of Workers’ Compensation is dragging its heels are growing as it appears the DWC is either headed back to the drawing board for an … Read More »

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Community Calls For Med-Legal System Reform

The Division of Workers’ Compensation says it will begin forming stakeholder groups to work on rewriting the state’s medical-legal fee schedule (MLFS) and the rules surrounding the delivery and review of medical records. State officials got an earful at a hearing last week from qualified medical evaluators (QMEs) who are fed up with outdated pay … Read More »

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QMEs Demand Input On Fee Schedule

The Division of Workers’ Compensation’s efforts to rewrite the rules for medical-legal billing in California’s workers’ comp system is running into a firestorm of opposition. A recent forum posting of the draft changes generated over 500 pages of comments. Sources say that Division leadership got an earful at a recent meeting of medical specialists. Much … Read More »

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